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05-22-2015 08:57 PM
RedDen
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Originally Posted by Lunchbucket View Post
Thanks for the great instructions! They helped a lot.


I had a lot of Errors or triangles with exclamation points in my Foscan. How do I fix these?


Thanks guys! Please let me know about the Forscan thing to fix any codes or modules that are getting errors.
Click "Clear all errors" in Forscan when conncted to your vehicle and you are done, all the errors should be gone, check it one more time with Forscan after that.
05-21-2015 10:03 AM
TheHumbleGeek Uh.... Maybe thats because the lights are pointed too high? Try doing a quick googly for headlight aiming... If one side is still too low, you might be out of luck, unfortunately...
05-21-2015 12:25 AM
Lunchbucket
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Originally Posted by Fraychild View Post
By the way - the steps I took are the following:

1 - Purchased an ELM327 USB unit from ebay; it was dirt cheap, like $10

2 - Downloaded and installed the programs he listed:
FORScan - I got the latest version.
FoCCus - I downloaded the "19-May-2014 00:0417M" version. Download and unzip the content.

3 - Went to the site: As-Built Editor Ford Focus III and entered my VIN number - Changed #14 to Alternative HID, #17 to Without Dimmed Dipped headlights and downloaded the XML file - saved that to my desktop.

4 - Plugged the ELM via USB to my laptop and the OBDII connector - Turned the ignition key on so the reader can pick up the signal to the car's BCM.

5 - Ran the FORScan program to read my car's current configurations etc. I saved a .TXT file of the current Configuration/Strategy to my desktop. You can close the program after you get this information.

6 - Open the unzipped folder containing the FoCCus program and find a folder called VBF - open that folder.

7 - Went to this site for "DSM File Download" - You'll need that text file you saved from FORScan to copy/paste the configuration/strategy into the field at the bottom of the screen. The configuration/strategy codes look like this: AM5T-14D360-CB or BV6N-14C097-AC or BM5T-14C025-AD etc.

As stated before, you may get error message for some for some of the configuration/strategies, but for the ones that are valid, you will get a VBF file to download.

8 - Moved and copied those downloaded VBF files into the FoCCus VBF folder that was opened earlier. I was able to get 4 or 5 of them from my car's configuration/strategy codes.

9 - Plugged the ELM via USB to my laptop and the OBDII connector - Turned the ignition key on (on ACC not all the way) so that the reader can pick up the signal to the car's BCM.

10 - Run the "FoCCus.exe" file. When the small window opens, uncheck "Maximize speed" so the car can connects. Click open to get to the larger window which allows you a few options at the bottom.

11 - At the bottom, you will see “Read from BCM” button, and the fields will change to the car's current ECU settings. I clicked “Save to File” so I could have my current/factory settings safe somewhere - it's an XML file, I suggest you name and date the file. Just in case I needed to use it to write back to the car in case I messed something up.

12 - I then clicked on the "Write to BCM" - Selected the XML file that was created from the site and let the system re-write the changes I made to the car's BCM.

The car will act weird: dash lights will flash, door locks will open/close and radio will turn on/off.

Once done, I removed everything - took the car for a spin - then installed the HID kit without relays and resistors and everything worked out with NO issues.

Totally worth it in my opinion!
Thanks for the great instructions! They helped a lot.

1 thing I missed was when you get into FoCCus.exe and your read. You didn't post "Load from file". Took me a minute to figure out to load it and then Write to BCM

I had a lot of Errors or triangles with exclamation points in my Foscan. How do I fix these?

these lights ROCK. Only bad thing Is I can't adjust one of them high enough for the cut off to match the other :(

Thanks guys! Please let me know about the Forscan thing to fix any codes or modules that are getting errors.
05-09-2015 01:59 AM
RedDen Fraychild did the write up already how to avoid getting error messages after HID install, but it seems to me there are some unnecessary steps in there.

So more simplest way:

1. Get Focccus software
2. get ELM27 reader off eBay, costs about $10
3. get ForScan software (needed to clear off error codes after)
4. connect ELM27 to laptop, let windows to install drivers.
5. Turn car on to ACC, switch off everything including climate, radio, auto light and so on
6. Connect ELM to car's OBD2, run Focccus, click open, it should connect
7. Once you get to the main Focccus window click "Read from BCM" in the left lower corner. Sometimes it takes several times to read all the settings from BCM, so be patient.
8. Once Focccus read all the settings from BCM click "Save to file", name it something like initial or stock (you may need it if something goes wrong, so you can flash stock settings back)
9. When you saved config settings to file you can change #14 to "Alternative HID" and #17 to "without dimmed dipped headlights"
10. Click "Write to BCM"
11. Wait, your car is going to act weird, lights, chimes, climate and so on will go on.
12. Now you can save new config file and close Focccus
13. Run ForScan, check error codes (I bet there will be many) and clear them.

After that you can proceed to installing your HID and check how it works.
02-22-2015 05:28 PM
Lunchbucket Ok read about a billion threads but I have a question

I'm getting stock retro fits with morimoto projectors and ballasts from the www.lightingfirm.net. For $370 it's not worth it for me to mess with it.

They send out canbus harness as it works for many cars. If it doesn't they will ship the harness with resistors.

Canbus looks slick. Pretty much plug and play. But if they don't work here is my question. Can I use the canbus harness since its plug and play but then modify the car with FoCCCus so it sees I have alternate hid lights? Or does it have to have a harness and use the FoCCCus? Basically anytning in the canbus harness that will mess with the system that I can't use them both together?

Also, if I do the foccus app thing Id follow this post as it seems to be great
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...&postcount=460

But I don't understand the who entering the strategy codes. Why do we have to do that and why do some get errors?

Thanks
lunchbucket
02-09-2015 07:09 AM
tnygigles66
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Originally Posted by MetalMuffins View Post
Just so you know, most cars with HIDs have halogen highs as HIDs are not well suited for high beam duty. It is hard on them to be turned on and off a lot (flash to pass, etc.) If the HID's are used for both low and high beams, it is done with a movable shield in the projector (Bi-xenon) that lets more light out above the lowbeam cutoff.

I'm retroing bi-xenon projectors into my car, and will be using the projectors as well as the stock halogen highs. Quad highbeams of death!
I didn't know that! Thanks for the info!
02-09-2015 07:03 AM
MetalMuffins
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Originally Posted by tnygigles66 View Post
I've done my research. They aren't for HID's, but since I already have all the wiring I'll add HID's to see how they look and the beam pattern. I'll post pictures. I might run them for a little while and see if I have any issues.

I just didn't like the HID bulbs in the stock housing because they didn't look like they belong there. We'll see what they look like in the projectors. The high beam is an H1 which is hard to retro with an HId bulb so I'll probably keep them halogen as I don't like have an HID low beam with a halogen high beam.
Just so you know, most cars with HIDs have halogen highs as HIDs are not well suited for high beam duty. It is hard on them to be turned on and off a lot (flash to pass, etc.) If the HID's are used for both low and high beams, it is done with a movable shield in the projector (Bi-xenon) that lets more light out above the lowbeam cutoff.

I'm retroing bi-xenon projectors into my car, and will be using the projectors as well as the stock halogen highs. Quad highbeams of death!
02-08-2015 05:30 PM
tnygigles66 I might be OCD when it comes to my car......
02-08-2015 05:30 PM
tnygigles66 I've done my research. They aren't for HID's, but since I already have all the wiring I'll add HID's to see how they look and the beam pattern. I'll post pictures. I might run them for a little while and see if I have any issues.

I just didn't like the HID bulbs in the stock housing because they didn't look like they belong there. We'll see what they look like in the projectors. The high beam is an H1 which is hard to retro with an HId bulb so I'll probably keep them halogen as I don't like have an HID low beam with a halogen high beam.
02-08-2015 05:23 PM
Randall-R
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Originally Posted by tnygigles66 View Post
(Save your preaching I have projectors on the way)
Just make sure those projectors are for HID and not for Halogen bulbs. The lens are different on each type of these projectors as you probably know.
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